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From Sequester To Shutdown: How Nation’s Top HIV/AIDS Organization Stays Open

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GOP’s Actions Preventing Americans From Eating

Speaker of the House John Boehner and his House Tea Party Republicans are enjoying their government shutdown, which follows in the footsteps of their government sequester, but most Americans are not happy at all. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee may like yelling fire in a crowded Congress, upsetting centuries of tradition that guide orderly lawmaking, but average Americans, and those in extraordinary need, aren’t invited onto “Meet The Press” to talk about their “vision” for America.

Yes, sadly, those Americans whose voices aren’t given free access to CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC platforms to share — or spin — their stories are of course the ones who are most affected by a shuttered and sequestered federal government.

When the sequester hit in March, it hit ordinary Americans who rely on food stamps and other critical and life-saving government services hard. It also hit hard countless non-profits and the people they work tirelessly to help.

Now that we’ve moved from sequester to shutdown, from cutting some funding and services to cutting almost all, those most in need among us are really hurting — and many are really hungry.

And it takes an extraordinary response from non-government organizations to be the safety net for an ever-growing number of Americans.

Take GMHC for instance. Gay Men’s Health Crisis was its name decades ago — today it’s just GMHC — and it is actually not only the nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy, but the world’s. And it was the first.

Based in New York City, the 31-year old non-profit told The New Civil Rights Movement yesterday what they think of how the federal government is treating the people they exist to help and care for. GMHC has been forced to reduce and lay off staff, reduce meal sizes, reduce the food they distribute, and, if that weren’t bad enough, reduce mental health services.

skitched-20131001-225226“I am enraged,” Janet Weinberg, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for GMHC told The New Civil Rights Movement via email. “Every day at GMHC we provide critical services to New Yorkers from all boroughs, of many ages, Black, White, Latino, from all walks of life and sexual orientations. However, what most of them share in common is the need for affordable, quality, life-saving healthcare.

“Elected officials need to be in touch with their uninsured constituents who desperately need and want health care insurance. They need to listen to our clients’ stories and learn the consequences of their actions. GMHC and our clients feel those consequences every day.

“Because of the sequester and other federal funding cuts, GMHC had to reduce services and lay off staff who fulfilled those valued services that were cut,” Weinberg told us. “Even though many people living with HIV and AIDS come to our dining room to enjoy their only hot, nutritious meal of the day, cuts to these programs mean we can no longer offer them seconds. We’ve had to reduce the groceries we distribute in our food pantry program, and can no longer offer a waiting list.

“My heart sank recently when I heard that, because of cuts in mental health services, someone who came to us for help who has mental health issues and just lost his job had to be placed on a waiting list to see a counselor.”

But Weinberg promises that “despite the federal government shutdown, GMHC will continue to be here for New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.”

“We are able to stay open even though we will not receive our government grant funds during this shut down. However, we need Congress to do its job and stop playing games with people’s healthcare.”

The government shutdown, and the sequester, have real consequences — not for members of Congress, most of whom will be re-elected from their gerrymandered districts — but for real Americans in need.

Good and vital organizations like GMHC, exist to serve. Congress is supposed to. It’s time for that to start happening again.

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‘A Bunch of New Yorkers in Addition to George Soros’: Greg Abbott Accused of Antisemitism

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Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott is facing a challenging re-election fight against Beto O’Rourke, the popular and charismatic former U.S,. Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate who is now his party’s gubernatorial nominee.

Texas voters have had to face mismanagement of the state’s electric grid, with hundreds of Texans dying in winter after the snowstorm that sent Senator Ted Cruz to Cancun, the horrific elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, and Abbott spending millions of taxpayer dollars on anti-immigrant programs, including bussing migrants to Democratic-controlled cities like Washington, D.C. and New York City. Not to mention his support of the vigilante abortion ban and a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, his failed promise to end rape, and the fact that Texas leads the nation in mass shootings.

But none of that has stopped the 64-year old from doubling down on his conservative bonafides.

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On Wednesday over at Fox News, Abbott engaged in what many are calling some old-fashioned antisemitism.

“We will explain to our fellow Texans that the Beto campaign is being aided by a bunch of New Yorkers in addition to George Soros, and that will do nothing but harm his campaign,” Abbott told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.

George Soros, who is Jewish, is a Democratic philanthropist and one of the liberals most-hated by the right, in large part because he funds left wing causes.

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He also donated $1 million to help elect O’Rourke governor.

Two weeks ago polls showed O’Rourke gaining ground, striking with five points of his entrenched Texas Republican rival.

And now Abbott is being blasted for what many are calling antisemitism over his Soros statement.

“In this context, ‘New Yorkers’ and ‘George Soros’ are both signifiers for the alleged Jewish elite who supposedly control the world. Abbott is peddling antisemitic conspiracy theory rhetoric,” says writer and human rights activist Leah McElrath.

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“When they say ‘Soros’ and ‘New Yorkers,’ they mean Jews,” notes freelance writer Henry Schulman. “It’s an old dog whistle and a code all the Trump-humping Nazis and their sympathizers understand. So add a new adjective besides ‘fascist’ in front of Abbott’s name. It’s ‘anti-Semitic fascist.'”

Others were even more direct.

“Just say Jews you coward,” tweeted a columnist for The Forward, Alex גדעון בן װעלװל.

“‘The bespectacled, bagel-eating, gefilte fish-slurping, globalist intelligentsia from the Upper West Side’ is what he’s trying to say, although the specifics of who that is maddeningly unclear,” mocked Aki Pertiz, an intel and national security expert. “Also, doesn’t Soros live in NY state? Why single him out hmmmmm.”

Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob explains: “Right-wing code is pretty simple. ‘New York’ and ‘Soros’ = Jewish. ‘Chicago’ = Black people.”

Former Governor of Vermont, DNC Chair, and 2004 presidential nominee Howard Dean blasted Abbott, comparing him to the Hungarian dictator and, some say, fascist.

“Abbott has become just another GOP whack job. He sounds like victor Orban,” Dean wrote.

 

 

 

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‘Same Answer’: Trump Sat Across From the NY Attorney General and Pleaded the Fifth to Each Question For About 5 Hours

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Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s Office early Wednesday morning, around 9 AM. At 10:04 AM posted to his Truth Social account was a lengthy statement that says, “under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen.”

Trump was finally forced to appear after a subpoena ordering him to give a deposition on January 7 in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into his real estate pricing practices. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 his former boss would increase what he claimed his properties are worth when attempting to arrange credit and decrease their value for tax purposes.

The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported Trump “departed 28 Liberty at 3:20pm slumped in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out of the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground garage past onlookers.”

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At 3:42 PM Trump posted: “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting.”

The New York Times reports “Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.”

Trump “read a statement into the record in which he called the inquiry a continuation of ‘the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country’ and accused Ms. James of having ‘openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.'”

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That statement is similar to the one posted to his Truth Social account.

Trump’s attorney, Ronald P. Fischetti, “said that over the course of about four hours, with several breaks, Mr. Trump answered only one question, about his name, toward the beginning of the interview.”

That statement Trump posted Wednesday morning attempted to merge the FBI’s Monday raid on his Mar-a-Lago home with his appearance for sworn testimony in a very different case.

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Dem Congressman Posts Horrific Audio of Violent Death Threat Against Him and His Family by Caller Praising ‘Trump 2024’

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California on Wednesday posted audio of a violent death threat against him and his family. The Congressman is married and the couple have three children. The speaker in the audio also calls for “all Democrats” to be killed, and ends with a call for “Trump 2024.”

Swalwell is a popular target for the right. He is a former candidate for president, a very visible member of the Democratic Party, and is the Co-Chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee.

The audio is profane and gruesome. In it, a male voice can be heard hoping for decapitations of the Congressman, his wife, and their children. The language is graphic.

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The voice also references President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, using horrifically racist slurs, along with Back Lives Matter, immigrants, and Democrats in general.

It also attacks the state of California and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

It ends with a repeated call of “Trump 2024!”

The audio is nearly two minutes long but appears to have been edited, with at least the beginning cut off.

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“LISTEN to this death threat against my children,” Swalwell urges. “Since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump, McCarthy, and MAGA Republicans are stoking violent rhetoric against lawmakers and law enforcement. Someone is going to get killed.”

In 2019 Swalwell also posted  a death threat he received. Fox News’ Tomi Lahren mocked him on social media.

NCRM has opted to not embed the audio but it can be heard here.

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